Lightning Talks #1

Lightning Talks #1

By R Geoffrey Avery (‎rGeoffrey‎) from Philadelphia.pm
Date: Monday, 3 August 2009 17:05
Duration: 40 minutes
Target audience: Everyday Perl
Language:
Tags: fun humour

You can find more information on the speaker's site:


Schedule

* Barbie - ‎The (Abridged) Statistics Of CPAN‎
* Alex Kapranoff (‎kappa‎) - ‎The Game of Future Perl‎
* Giuseppe Maxia (‎gmax‎) - ‎MySQL::Sandbox - Perl Magic for MySQL users and DBAs‎
* Herbert Breunung (‎lichtkind‎) - ‎Kephra on rising‎

* Lars Dɪᴇᴄᴋᴏᴡ 迪拉斯 (‎daxim‎) - ‎Smart looking commit histories with git‎
* Curtis Poe (‎Ovid‎) - ‎Two Successes, One Failure‎
* Lars Thegler (‎tagg‎) - ‎Chopping up stuff‎
* Matt S Trout (‎mst‎) - ‎Rum, bloggery and the lash‎

More talks tomorrow R Geoffrey Avery (‎rGeoffrey‎) - ‎Lightning Talks #2‎


Why Would You Want to do a Lightning Talk?

Maybe you've never given a talk before, and you'd like to start small. For a Lightning Talk, you don't need to make slides, and if you do decide to make slides, you only need to make three.

Maybe you're nervous and you're afraid you'll mess up. It's a lot easier to plan and deliver a five minute talk than it is to deliver a long talk. And if you do mess up, at least the painful part will be over quickly.

Maybe you don't have much to say. Maybe you just want to ask a question, or invite people to help you with your project, or boast about something you did, or tell a short cautionary story. These things are all interesting and worth talking about, but there might not be enough to say about them to fill up thirty minutes.

Maybe you have a lot of things to say, and you're already going to give a long talk on one of them, and you don't want to hog the spotlight. There's nothing wrong with giving several Lightning Talks. Hey, they're only five minutes.

On the other side, people might want to come to a lightning talk when they wouldn't come to a long talk on the same subject. The risk for the attendees is smaller: If the talk turns out to be dull, or if the person giving the talk turns out to be a really bad speaker, well, at least it's over in five minutes. With lightning talks, you're never stuck in some boring lecture for forty-five minutes.

Still having trouble picking a topic, here are some suggestions:

1. Why my favorite module is X.
2. I want to do cool project X. Does anyone want to help?
3. Successful Project: I did project X. It was a success. Here's how you could benefit.
4. Failed Project: I did project X. It was a failure, and here's why.
5. Heresy: People always say X, but they're wrong. Here's why.
6. You All Suck: Here's what is wrong with the our community.
7. Call to Action: Let's all do more of X / less of X.
8. Wouldn't it be cool if X?
9. Someone needs to do X.
10. Wish List
11. Why X was a mistake.
12. Why X looks like a mistake, but isn't.
13. What it's like to do X.
14. Here's a useful technique that worked.
15. Here's a technique I thought would be useful but didn't work.
16. Why algorithm X sucks.
17. Comparison of algorithms X and Y.

Of course, you could give the talk on anything you wanted, whether or not it is on this list. If we get a full schedule of nothing but five minutes of ranting and raving on each topic, a good time will still be had by most.


Attended by: Philippe Bruhat (‎BooK‎), Éric Cholet (‎echo‎), Sébastien Aperghis-Tramoni (‎Maddingue‎), Nicholas Clark, Thomas Klausner (‎domm‎), Michael Kröll (‎pepl‎), Luciano Rocha (‎Strange‎), Gianni Ceccarelli (‎dakkar‎), José Castro (‎cog‎), Stefano Rodighiero (‎larsen‎), Maroš Kollár (‎maros‎), Bernhard Schmalhofer (‎bernhard‎), Laurent Dami (‎dami‎), Léon Brocard (‎acme‎), Barbie, JJ Allen, Pedro Figueiredo (‎pfig‎), Salve J. Nilsen (‎sjn‎), Giuseppe Maxia (‎gmax‎), Leo Lapworth (‎Ranguard‎), Dave Cross (‎davorg‎), Lars Thegler (‎tagg‎), Gabor Szabo (‎szabgab‎), Abe Timmerman (‎abeltje‎), H.Merijn Brand (‎Tux‎), Abigail, Tom Hukins, Smylers, Enrique Nell (‎e-nell‎), Salvador Fandiño (‎salva‎), Roberto Henríquez, Marco Neves (‎themage‎), Arjen Laarhoven, David H. Adler (‎dha‎), Pedro Melo (‎melo‎), Tina Müller (‎tinita‎), Hermen Lesscher (‎hermen‎), Joaquín Ferrero (‎explorer‎), Paula Valenca (‎phantas‎), Jordi Porta, Bálint Szilakszi (‎szbalint‎), Jesse Vincent, Søren Lund (‎slu‎), Carl Mäsak (‎masak‎), Flavio Poletti (‎polettix‎), Markus Pinkert (‎Bedivere‎), Espen Myhre (‎espenmy‎), jani, Peter Stoehr, Martin Schipany (‎ElCondor‎), Henrik Tougaard (‎htoug‎), Tobias Henoeckl (‎hoeni‎), Roman Baumer (‎rba‎), Damon Davison (‎allolex‎), Elizabeth Mattijsen (‎liz‎), Andreas Hetey, Olivier Mengué (‎dolmen‎), Chisel Wright, Luis Motta Campos (‎LMC‎), Jörg Plate (‎Patterner‎), Florian Ragwitz (‎rafl‎), Renee Bäcker (‎reneeb‎), Elizabeth Cholet (‎zrusilla‎), Damian Conway (‎damian‎), Curtis Poe (‎Ovid‎), BinGOs, Aristotle, Dirk De Nijs (‎ddn123456‎), Bartosz Jakubski (‎migo‎), Peter Makholm (‎brother‎), Markus Förster, Peter Edwards (‎peterdragon‎), Ricardo Marques (‎ricmarques‎), Walt Mankowski (‎waltman‎), Patrick Michaud (‎Pm‎), Anders Nielsen (‎anielsen‎), Lars Holgaard, Drew Taylor (‎drewbie‎), Andrew Shitov (‎ash‎), Jan Henning Thorsen (‎batman‎), Alex Kapranoff (‎kappa‎), Bogdan Lucaciu (‎zamolxes‎), Farley Balasuriya (‎Questorian‎), Clinton Gormley (‎DrTech‎), Ronald Blaschke (‎rblasch‎), Steffen Schwigon (‎renormalist‎), David Faux, Karl Moens (‎CountZero‎), Ulrich Wisser (‎wisser‎), David Leadbeater (‎dg‎), Jozef Kutej (‎jozef‎), Lutz Gehlen, Lars Dɪᴇᴄᴋᴏᴡ 迪拉斯 (‎daxim‎), Marcel Grünauer (‎Marcel‎), Rosellyne Thompson (‎rozallin‎), Manuel Gomes (‎wagemage‎), Billy Abbott (‎cowfish‎), Mark Morgan, Maciej Czekay (‎Bruno‎), Herbert Breunung (‎lichtkind‎), Michele Beltrame (‎arthas‎), Ruslan Zakirov (‎ruz‎), Michael Zedeler (‎mzedeler‎), Hugo Costa, Stefan Hornburg (‎racke‎), Stig Palmquist (‎stigtsp‎), Joerg Meltzer (‎codeacrobat‎), Vincent Pit (‎vincent‎), Stan Sawa, Nicolas Mendoza (‎nicomen‎), Cosimo Streppone (‎cosimo‎), Darius Jokilehto, Christian Westgaard (‎ComLock‎), Henrik Hald Nørgaard, James Laver (‎jjl‎), António Martins (‎ammartins‎), Rui Patinha (‎rfp‎), Luís Mendes (‎big‎), Wendy Van Dijk (‎woolfy‎), Mário Barbosa, Lech Baczyński (‎lechu‎), Luís Miguel Braga (‎microft‎), Cláudio Valente, Colin Bradford (‎cjbradford‎), MartijnVdS, Franck Cuny, Fernando Vezzosi (‎Bucciarati‎), Jorge Morgado, Panu Ervamaa (‎pnu‎), Francisco Lourenço (‎fml‎), Solli Honorio (‎shonorio‎), Jacinta Richardson (‎jarich‎), Paul Fenwick (‎pjf‎), Pedro Frazão, Jordi Delgado (‎jdelgado‎), Alex Muntada (‎alexm‎), Armando Reis (‎AReis‎), Petru Ratiu (‎rpetre‎), Raimon Grau, Enrique J Hernandez Blasco (‎sixstone‎), Carlos Pires (‎acmpires‎), Marco Baan (‎pzt‎), Mark Stewart, Luis Rodrigues (‎goblin‎), Michael Langner, Marcos Garcia (‎gulden‎), Andrew Beech, Alexandru Nedelcu, Cosmin Budrica (‎cosmincx‎), Adrian Arnautu, Markus Wichmann (‎telemorphix‎), Thierry Douez (‎tdz‎), João Carreira, Canol Gokel, Jose L. Hernandez, Rui Pereira, Sergio Arias, Stelios Gikas (‎sgikas‎), Wieland Gmeiner, Jørgen Elgaard Larsen (‎elhaard‎), Filipe Moreira, Jorge Bras, Pedro Rodrigues, Sérgio Bernardino (‎smpb‎), Adam Reeks,